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Customer Stories

Please, Don’t Take Our Photography and Video Gear to Burning Man

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Each year around this time, we’re faced with what we call a ‘doomsday’ event within the office; where dozens of our camera, lenses and other gear arrive back from rental orders, destroyed by the environment. And while our customer base is amazing, and often accept their repairs and replacement costs to the destroyed gear, each […]

Teardowns and Disassembly

Nearly Complete Teardown of The Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS II

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So, some things happened recently. We got stock on Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS II lenses, and even though they go out on rental the day we get them in stock, we were able to do MTF testing on them.  The very low sample variation we saw made us want to take one apart and […]

Teardowns and Disassembly

Taking Apart The Sony A7rIII – In Search of Better Weather Sealing

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Weather resistant – A term that consumers falsely define as ‘weatherproof’ and camera companies accurately define as ‘the warranty doesn’t cover water damage’.    The Cynic’s Photography Dictionary The Sony A7R III has been out for quite a while. Generally, it’s a superbly popular camera with excellent reviews. We were busy moving to a bigger office, […]

Geek Articles

Taking Apart the Sigma Cine 85mm T1.5 FF Lens

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We’ve been impressed with the Sigma Cine lenses. We weren’t surprised that they’re generally sharper than classic Cine primes; that’s what we’ve come to expect from Sigma. We were pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of focusing and aperture and the apparent build quality. Since we’d previously done teardowns of the Zeiss 85mm T1.5 CP.2 and Rokinon Xeen […]

Equipment

Taking Apart the Zeiss 85mm T2.1 CP.3 Cinema Lens

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Long ago, in an office far, far away we did a teardown of the Zeiss 85mm CP.2 lens. Since we’ve already seen the earlier model, we thought it would be interesting to take a peek inside the new Zeiss 85mm CP.3 lens as well. We’re going to have to work on them eventually, and it’s always […]

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